A hashtag made viral by Maksym Eristavi, but what does it stand for?
Russia has been using the same tactics of intimidation, invasion, occupation and annexation for more than 100 years now. Crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, famines and even genocide are all important parts of Russia’s Colonial playbook – even until today.
Let’s take a closer look:
1934-43 Arctic Russia
The Mandalada Uprising
The indigenous nation of Nenets tries to escape Russian Colonialism after centuries of genocides, exploitation, cultural erasure. The Mandalada uprising was drowned in another genocide READ MORE
The Kazym Rebellion
The indigenous Siberian nation of Khanty tries to escape Russian Colonialism after centuries of genocides, exploitation, cultural erasure and mass abductions. An anti-colonial uprising was drowned in mass murder. READ MORE
1932 Arctic Russia
The Taymyr Uprising
The indigenous nation of Dolgans tries to escape Russian Colonialism after getting sick of economic exploitation and cultural erasure. Moscow drowns the Taymyr uprising in blood and mass repressions. READ MORE
The Deportation of the Crimean Tatars
Under the pressure of settler colonialism, the indigenous nation of Crimean Tatars tries to escape Russian Colonialism via several uprisings. Moscow lies it wants to protect itself and targets the nation with genocide & deportation. Every second dies. READ MORE
The Sarbazdar Kyterilisi Uprising
Kazakhstan tries to escape Russian Colonialism amid Moscow's wild pillage of farmlands and local resources. Over 372 uprisings and rebellions pop up, some are explicitly anti-colonial. The Kremlin suppresses most of them, thousands were killed. READ MORE
The Tuvan Coup d'État
Tannu-Tuva tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow stages a coup, installs a puppet regime, starts cultural erasure, sends ethnically Russian settler colonialists, forces Tuva to grant them citizenship and eventually annexes the country.
Red Army Intervention in Afghanistan
North Afghanistan becomes a base for anti-colonial fighters from Central Asia. The unpopular Afghan king gets ousted and asks Russia to invade. The Kremlin sends troops dressed in Afghan uniforms. They slaughter hundreds, but return home.
Self-Determination in Yakutia
Sick of exploitation of indigenous lands, Yakutia tries to escape Russian Colonialism and form a democratic confederation. Moscow lures the leaders into a false autonomy and amnesty deal, then breaks its word and executes most of the uprising's participants
1924 Tungus Republic
Tungus Republic of indigenous arctic nations tries to escape Russian Colonialism after centuries of genocides, exploitation and cultural erasure. Moscow lured the republic in ceasefire with fake autonomy promises, then mass slaughtered the leadership.
East Karelian Uprising
Karelia tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow crushes the anti-colonial uprisings, bans democratically-elected assembly and creates a puppet government. Hundreds slaughtered, approx 30,000 became refugees, the local language/culture was banned in 1930s.
Belarus tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow creates the puppet state "Litbel" to sabotage the independence movement. A small belarusian army resists enormous Kremlin forces for over a month on a heroic suicide mission, but loses eventually.
Estonian War of Independence
Estonia tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow invades using token Estonians & disinformation claiming "liberation" of the country. With solidarity of the UK & Finland, Estonians managed to defend their newly-born post-colonial democracy
Lithuanian War of Independence
Lithuania tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow breaks its word on an international post-WWI treaty that guaranteed Lithuanian independence, creates the puppet state "Litbel" to legitimise the invasion, orchestrates a coup, but Lithuanians push back.
The Idel-Ural Republic
Idel-Ural tries to escape Russian Colonialism. A Tatar proto-republic, it had one of the first democratic muslim parliaments and constitutions in the world. Moscow stokes internal ethnic divisions, kidnaps MPs, invades and disbands the parliament. READ MORE
Ukraine tries to to leave Russia. Moscow invades to "stop violence", spends years on a mass murder spree across the country, stokes unrest and eventually occupies it. The Kremlin uses the Holodomor genocide and mass terror to crush the resistance.
Latvia tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow manufactures a civil war, but fails to take over the country and Latvians manage to defend newly-born post-colonial democracy.
The Ukrainian Republic of the Far East
Ukrainians of the Far East try to leave Russian Colonialism. they form the zeleny klyn state as part of newly-independent ukrainian people's republic, a democratic council, an army. a proto-state collapses with the russian occupation of ukraine
Bashkortostan tries to escape Russian Colonialism and becomes the world's first muslim democracy. Moscow stokes internal divisions, lures into a military union and then absorbs the republic, murders over 10,000 in following anti-colonial uprisings.
The Kuban People's Republic
Kuban Cossacks try to escape Russian Colonialism. They form a democratic parliament, a republic, join the newly-independent Ukrainian People's Republic in a federation. After the invasion of Ukraine, they get encircled and crushed by Moscow.
The Crimean People's Republic
The indigenous nation of Crimean Tatars tries to escape Russian Colonialism and founds the second-ever muslim democracy. Moscow overthrows the government, executes 33 year old president Numan Çelebicihan and throws his body into the sea. Ethnic cleansing follows. READ MORE
1918-45 North Caucasus
Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus
North Caucasus tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow stages ethnic violence and invades to "stop it". Mass ethnic cleansing and deportations in following two decades kill hundreds of thousands.
Red Army Invasion of Georgia
Georgia tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow stages ethnic violence and invades to "stop it". Over 15,000 executed and 20,000 deported in ethnic cleansing of Georgians.
Red Army Invasion of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan tries to escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow manufactures fakes about mass murders and invades "to stop violence". Tens of thousands slaughtered.
1916–1934 Central Asia
The Basmachi Movement
Central Asia tries to leave the escape Russian Colonialism. Moscow invades to protect from "ethic violence". Bukhara, one of the oldest cities in the world, ends up in ruins. 150,000 slaughtered across the region in pogroms and ethnic cleansing.